We wish you a Merry Baleage

Some see double as Santa arrives by tractor

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 15:01 24/12/2013
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Emil Larsson, left, of Sweden, and Martin Malicki, of Poland, get into the Christmas spirit while working the baleage season in Southland.

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The green pastures of Southland are a far cry from the snow-covered lands of home for two merry men working the baleage season in the southern hemisphere this Christmas.

But Emil Larsson, of Sweden, and Martin Malicki, who lives in Ireland but is originally from Poland, were not letting a "warm" Christmas melt their festive spirit.

The pair, who are contracting for Southland company J K Baleage, decided to don Santa suits as they drove their tractors and bailed silage leading up to Christmas Day.

They admitted to turning a few heads as they negotiated traffic and pedestrians en route to their jobs.

"We are doing it just for fun," Mr Larsson said.

The pair said they were used to a white Christmas and temperatures well below zero. Their bosses, Kay and John Hughes, were also helping make their time away from family and northern traditions easier to bear, they said.

"Kay is making a special Polish cheesecake for me," Mr Malicki said.

"I am going to get traditional Swedish porridge," Mr Larsson added.

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